Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Florida Briefing

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Florida Briefing

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STATE WORKER ARRESTED FOR WELFARE FRAUD

MIAMI -- A former supervisor with the Florida Department of Children and Families and his brother were arrested yesterday for allegedly bilking taxpayers by secretly reopening welfare cases and collecting the payments and food stamps themselves.

Former supervisor Moses Sule and his brother Barbatunde Sule were arrested after a routine audit of the department's bookkeeping turned up at least 10 welfare cases that had been illegally reopened, costing the public agency at least $54,000.

"Through the abuse of his official position, Moses Sule betrayed the trust of the people of Florida and the government he worked for," Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said in a statement.

"Assistance programs, like the one Moses Sule worked for, exist for the benefit of our most needy citizens, not for the personal enrichment of a corrupt worker and his family," she said.

Moses Sule was charged with one count of grand theft, second degree; one count of conspiracy to commit grand theft, second degree; one count of grand theft, third degree; and 15 counts of official misconduct.

Barbatunde Sule was charged with one count of grand theft, second degree and one count of conspiracy to commit grand theft, second degree.

Conviction on a conspiracy to commit grand theft, second degree carries up to 15 years in prison, with all other charges carrying sentences of up to five years on each count.

EX-NURSE GETS PRISON TERM FOR MEDICARE SCAM

MIAMI -- The leader of one of the nation's largest Medicare fraud rings ever uncovered was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison for administering a $60 million scam based on fake home health care billings.

Former nurse Susan Regueiro, 61, was sentenced Thursday on a guilty plea to conspiracy and money-laundering charges for the 17th conviction in the fraud engineered by Mederi of Dade County Inc.

When the indictment was issued in 1997, the dollar loss set a national record for the Medicare program.

U.S. District Judge Joan Lenard went above the sentence specified in federal court guidelines to add prison time for disrupting government functions, saying Regueiro's conduct undermined public confidence in the nation's health care system. …

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